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Building Engineering Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

Degree programs in building engineering focus on the design, engineering and construction of buildings and their components and systems. Students are trained to design, operate and renovate buildings.

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Building engineering schools provide training for students interested in careers where they help design a building's structure and various systems that make it functional. This training can take the form of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in civil engineering, which might offer concentrations in areas like construction or structural engineering.

10 Engineering Schools

This table lists a few of the schools around the country that offer training programs for aspiring building engineers.

College/University Location Institution Type Degree's Offered Tuition and Fees (In-state, 2015-2016)*
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's, Master's & Doctoral $46,704 (undergraduate), $49,272 (graduate)
Stanford University Stanford, CA 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's, Master's & Doctoral $46,320 (undergraduate), $46,320 (graduate)
University of California - Berkeley Berkeley, CA 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's & Doctoral $13,431 (undergraduate), $13,431 (graduate)
California Institute of Technology Pasadena, CA 4-year, Private not-for-profit Master's & Doctoral $45,390 (graduate)
University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign Champaign, IL 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's & Doctoral $15,054 (undergraduate), $18,041 (graduate)
Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's, Master's & Doctoral $50,665 (undergraduate), $41,371 (graduate)
Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, GA 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's & Doctoral $12,204 (undergraduate), $15,644 (graduate)
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's & Doctoral $13,856 (undergraduate), $20,966 (graduate)
Cornell University Ithaca, NY 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's, Master's & Doctoral $49,116 (undergraduate), $29,581 (graduate)
Purdue University West Lafayette, IN 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's & Doctoral $10,002 (undergraduate), $10,002 (graduate)

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

College Selection Criteria

Students interested in building engineering programs may want to keep these considerations in mind:

  • Since building engineers typically work in teams, schools should provide experience working on group projects with engineers, architects and contractors. This experience could come in the form of labs and fieldwork at architectural and engineering firms, construction companies and building material suppliers.
  • A program should train students in design, analysis, mechanics and structural behavior among other topics.
  • Due to the increasing need to build environmentally friendly structures, it's best to consider schools and colleges offering courses in sustainable building systems.
  • Many state building engineering licensing boards require candidates to hold degrees from schools and colleges accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

Aspiring building engineers can pursue a bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree in fields like civil engineering. Before enrolling, students should make sure their program is accredited and offers plenty of hands-on training opportunities as well as sustainable design courses.

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